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Dean Maureen Kenny and Associate Professor Lillie Albert

This edition of eColloquia celebrates the power of collaboration, one of our six guiding pillars. The Lynch School is committed to creating deep and meaningful partnerships across our campus and beyond. These collaborations are integral to our mission of promoting social justice and preparing outstanding leaders for education and applied psychology. They vitally inform our faculty's teaching and research, and were central to the Lynch School Symposia this year.

Read more from Dean Maureen Kenny »

Stanton Wortham, the inaugural Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean of the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education

Boston College has named Stanton Wortham, the Judy and Howard Berkowitz Professor and former associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, the inaugural Charles F. Donovan, S.J., Dean of the Lynch School of Education.

He will begin at Boston College in July.

Read more about Stanton Wortham »

Sheena Collier, Boston Promise Initiative Director and Anderson J. Franklin, Roundtable Director, Nelson Professional Chair

Some 100 non-profit leaders, community organizers, educators, public officials, and Boston College faculty and staff gathered in the Heights Room on April 6 and 7 for the Lynch School’s ninth Nelson Chair Roundtable, “Examining Neighborhood-Based Change: Demonstrating Collective Impact in the Boston Promise Initiative.” Directed by Anderson J. Franklin, the David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education, the Nelson Roundtable is a once-a-year think tank that brings together leaders from community programs to share ideas, resources, and common concerns. (Pictured: Sheena Collier, Boston Promise Initiative Director and Roundtable Director Anderson J. Franklin, Nelson Professional Chair)

Read more about the Roundtable and the importance of community collaboration »    

Associate Professor Leigh Patel

Since 1999, the Collaborative Fellows Program (CFP) has been an engine of innovation in the Boston Public Schools and throughout Greater Boston. Through the CFP, Lynch School faculty and graduate students partner with local K–12 teachers, administrators, and counselors on efforts ranging from modernizing high school science curricula to fostering the literacy of bilingual preschoolers. Meanwhile, the program has generated research in and scholarship about local schools. (Pictured: Associate Professor Leigh Patel, who has collaborated with teachers and school leaders in the design of CFP projects) 

Read more about the CFP »

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang, with City Connects Executive Director Mary Walsh looking on

Shortly after he arrived in Boston last April, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang embarked on a two-and-a-half-month “listen and learn” tour. “I shook hands with about 1,300 people, received about 2,000 different recommendations for what should happen in Boston Public Schools, and read about nine pretty thick studies that have been done about Boston Public Schools over the last six years,” Chang told a March 22 Lynch School Symposium.

View video to hear Chang talk about first 100 days in the superintendent’s office »


In a video, Assistant Professor Rebecca Lowenhaupt and Associate Professor Katherine McNeill discuss how to prepare K–8 school principals to support teachers’ learning and teaching of Next Generation Science Standards practices.

View Instructional Leadership for Science Practices video »

Faculty news

A Lynch School of Education study, led by Hawthorne Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith, finds that leading systems used to evaluate teacher preparation programs lack evidence-based policies in their core designs. Cochran-Smith was joined on the study by Lynch School of Education researchers Megina Baker, Stephani Burton, Molly Cummings Carney, Wen-Chia Chang, M. Beatriz Fernández, Elizabeth Stringer Keefe, Andrew Miller, Juan Gabriel Sánchez, and Rebecca Stern.

Read more faculty news »

Public Radio International’s The World featured the work of Boston College’s Migration and Human Rights Project in helping residents of Zacualpa, Quiché, Guatemala, to locate family members who have migrated to the U.S. The project—a collaboration among local Zacualpans, Guatemala-based researchers and religious, and Boston College-based students, faculty, and legal staff—is based in the University’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice and led by the center's associate director, Lynch School Professor M. Brinton Lykes.

Alumni and student notes

Patrick Downes ’05, who lost a leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, ran this year's marathon to raise funds for the BC Strong Scholarship, created in honor of Patrick and his wife Jess.

Nicole Kleinmann ’16 ran the 2016 Boston Marathon in support of the Campus School. 

Read more alumni and student notes »


Two Lynch School alumnae were named Fulbright Scholars. Kimberly McDonagh ’15, M.A. ’16, accepted an English Teaching Assistantship in Greece, where she will volunteer with programs for persons with disabilities. Erin Comber ’16 was selected for an English Teaching Assistantship in Colombia but declined the grant to instead work with orphaned children in Honduras. 

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Margaret Beale Spencer Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education and Life Course Human Development, and Chair Department of Comparative Human Development University of Chicago

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lynch School Symposium

Margaret Beale Spencer, Ph.D.

Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education and Life Course Human Development and Chair, Department of Comparative Human Development

University of Chicago

4:30 pm.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Photograph courtesy: Robert Kozloff/The University of Chicago